The Top 10 Pop Culture Moments Since 2014

We’re celebrating Aura 32’s 5th anniversary this month. What better way to celebrate than to look back on pop culture’s best moments since our launch? 

Since 2014, Aura 32 has given creatives the chance to share their voice and talent with the world, while keeping the readers up to date with the latest pop news. 

Read on to see what we believe are the biggest pop culture moments since 2014. 

The Death of Robin Williams – August 11, 2014

(Reuters/Mario Anzuoni)

You probably remember where you were, what you were doing, and how you felt when news broke that the beloved comedian/actor Robin Williams passed away. It felt like the world had stopped for a moment and lost its laughter. Tributes around the world were held, including decorating his Walk of Fame star, and a heart-wrenching tweet from President Barack Obama. 

The Dress Debate – February 26, 2015

(Slate)

Is the dress black and blue or white and gold? It may have been confirmed to be black and blue, but that wasn’t what everyone saw. A photo of “the dress” became a viral internet sensation after viewers disagreed over the color. This revealed differences in human color perception and weeks of arguments about the final verdict.  

Gay Marriage Is (Finally) Legal – June 26, 2015

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The Supreme Court struck down state bans on same-sex marriage, legalizing it across all 50 states in a 5-4 vote. Since that day, strides have been made towards equality, and we look forward to there being more. Love is love.

One Direction Breaks Up – January 13, 2016

(NME)

After Zayn left the band a year prior, One Direction announced they were taking an 18-month hiatus, before later breaking up. By May 2017, all five members had released solo singles and have had relatively successful solo endeavors. We can only hope they reunite soon, but for now, stay tuned for more solo work from them (Louis we’re talking about you).

Harry Potter Lives On – June 7, 2016 

(Irish Times)

Just when we thought Harry Potter’s story was over, J.K. Rowling announced a new play and script for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” which continued Harry’s story and gave a closer look at his children’s lives. Although many fans don’t consider it canon because of its many flaws, this play is better than nothing.  

The “Fantastic Beasts” saga tells the story of Newt Scamander and the American Wizarding World. The series is set to have five movies, with two already released. 

“Envelopegate” and the Oscars – February 26, 2017

(Glyn Holton)

Remember when we thought ‘La La Land’ was named the Best Picture of 2016 at the Oscars? Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were handed the wrong envelope (the back-up envelope for Best Actress) and therefore said the wrong name. “Moonlight” was the actual winner and after an awkward correction, they said their thank yous. It was definitely an Oscar ceremony to remember. 

The Time’s Up Movement – January 1, 2018

(Eva Longoria | Instagram)

Time’s Up was started by celebrities in response to the Weinstein effect, calling for a change in the industry. It brought awareness to sexual assault, harassment, and inequality in the workplace. After #MeToo went viral, celebrities took a bold stand at award shows wearing all black to stand against sexual assault. Since December 2018, the movement has raised more than $22 million for victims.

Another Royal Wedding and Babies – May 19, 2018 

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A day that will always be remembered, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry wed on May 19th, 2018. The celebration was held around the world as Markle joined the Royal Family at Windsor Castle. A few months later, the couple announced they were pregnant with their first child and had Archie about a year after their marriage. 

One month before Meghan and Harry’s marriage, Kate Middleton and Prince William had their third child, Louis. 

Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tour Becomes the Highest-grossing US Tour of All Time – November 30, 2018 

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In a time where Taylor Swift was feeling her most low, her fans were there to break records and make sure she knew they were loyal. Racking up $266.1 million with only 38 dates, Swift beat out the Rolling Stones on their 70-date A Bigger Banger Tour. Swift’s Reputation Tour sold over 2 million tickets domestically. She also won awards to recognize this huge honor. 

The Jonas Brothers Reunite– March 1, 2019

(Latin American Post)

Perhaps the happiest and most iconic moment of the 2010s. The Jonas Brothers broke up in 2013, shattering the hearts of their fans around the world. On March 1st, 2019, however, the brothers reunited and released a comeback single, “Sucker.” They received their first number 1 hit and later released a new album, documentary, merch, have a memoir coming out, and are gearing up for what is bound to be the biggest tour of 2019. Happiness truly began when they made their comeback and they’re just getting started. 

There were so many moments that we couldn’t fit, but they are just as important. We can’t wait to see what happens in the next 5 years! Stay tuned.

Brittany Sims

Entertainment Writer

Brittany is a recent graduate of Temple University where she obtained her Bachelor's Degree in journalism. Before attending Temple, Brittany graduated from Community College of Philadelphia with her Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts. When Brittany is not writing, you can find her fangirling over her favorite celebrities, petting her cat, or online shopping.

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